COAT OF SMILES, parody art of iconic symbols. A duck's hat, a mouse's ears and a smiling yellow button. Three iconic things in one image.

The PAPERWALKER Journal is the personal weblog of award-winning character designer Florian Satzinger – who worked on characters such as Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Silvester etc.), Pinky And The Brain, A.J.Hogg and Scooby-Doo – in which he shares bits and pieces of his character design work, processes, visual development, inspirations and reference materials of current, past and future projects.
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PLEASE NOTE, the displayed parody artworks of classical cartoon characters are distinct ironic or satiric imitations, by exaggerating and transforming the original characters and their related indica in a way that creates new originals and new meanings, different from the intentions of the originals.

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Monday, March 08, 2021

Duckland: Cast-out character No2

Here's another cast-out piece from the Duckland show. I still like it a lot but I had to go with a different one, in the end.
#roughsketch #roughdesign #duckland #exhibition #kasematten #floriansatzinger #paperwalker #characterdesign #julesverne #friedrichschmiedl

Duckland: The official poster hit the public

Here we go!

DUCKLAND, exhibition, March 11 - April 18 2021. Kasematten, Graz, Austria #duckland #exhibition #kasematten #graz #austria #paperwalker

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Duckland: The Fat Helmet

I just noticed, that I've way too much material to post before the DUCKLAND show opens, so I start already today with this very cast-out piece.

Not, that I didn't like it, but it didn't fit with the main content. Anyways. Now, world, please meet the special protection air-bag helmet for cannonball ducks. It is pure coincidence that the shape reminds of Donald Duck's hat, it was a technical necessity for safety and efficiency, not a creative decision.

#donaldduck #parodyart #humancannonball #ducklandexhibition #characterdesign #lowbrowart #carlspitzweg #bookworm #floriansatzinger #paperwalker
*BG: Carl Spitzweg, alienated and hijacked

Duckland: Bits And Pieces

As from tomorrow, I'll start posting a couple of early development pieces, in great detail, from the DUCKLAND show's art process.

This very material will be not displayed at the show, nor will it give away any of the show's content. I thought it would be a nice idea to share some insight into the process and take you behind the scenes a little, since most of you will not make it to the show in person, particularly in these times.

DUCKLAND, exhibition, March 11 - April 18 2021. Kasematten, Graz, Austria #duckland #exhibition #kasematten #graz #austria #paperwalker

Friday, March 05, 2021


I'm very excited, my new show will open next week, March 11th 2021. I'll post more information and a couple of early designs and sketches regarding the show's art process during the next days.
#duckland #exhibition #kasematten #graz #austria

Sunday, February 28, 2021

ACME's Single-Use Pacemaker

"To help protect the exhibition's visitors during open hours, the artist does not allow this character to be displayed in a non-barred frame any longer.

#ACME #characterdesign #singleusepacemaker

The Balloon Hand

This is a symptom of arm wrestling overtraining.

#characterdesign #visualdevelopment #conceptart #paperwalker #balloonhand #yellowgloves

Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Dog-Duck-Dragon Paradox (DDDP)

I started with no idea, turned it into a dog, then into a duck and ended up with a dragon.

And, then I had an idea. For a fish. But I skipped drawing a fish.

#characterdesign #visualdevelopment #animationdesign #parodyart #paperwalker

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mech E Coyote

Throwback character design, ca. 2014.

#acme #MechECoyote #characterdesign #mechanicalanimal #conceptart #visualdevelopment

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Ducks From A.C.M.E.

Note to self: pitch this as soon as the pleasantries are out of the way.

#TheDucksFromACME #animatedseries #animationdesign #originalseries #floriansatzinger #paperwalker

Sunday, February 21, 2021


This is a rough digital preliminary test for one of about six or seven large size acrylic paintings I'm about to produce any time soon, all of which will satirize/parody classical cartoon characters and their iconic attributes. The characters will not be copies of course, but satiric imitations that refer to the originals in a way which creates new originals and new meanings.

#parodyartwork #satire #iconiccharacters #largescalepaitings #preliminarydrawing #characterdesign #lowbrow #parodyart

That's your model face

Smile without your eyes.
Raise your eyebrows.
Stop smiling.
That's your model face.

#cartoonduck #characterdesign #pencilsketch #digitalpencil #duckface #smilewithoutyoureyes #raiseyoureyebrows #stopsmiling #thatsyourmodelface #paperwalker